- Museum number
Design in reverse for the title-page to Augustinus Torniellus 'Annales Sacri...', Antwerp, 1620, engraved by Theodore Galle; in the form of a triptych, with the figures of Moses and ?Abraham on either side, and a drawing by Abraham Diepenbeck of two monks either side of a monstrance, pasted in the centre where the title would have been. 1620
Pen and brown ink with grey and brown washes with traces of an underdrawing in red chalk, with additional pen and black ink in Diepenbeck drawing, indented for transfer
- Production date
Height: 324 millimetres
Width: 213 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Only the ornamental framework of this drawing is by Rubens: the central scene of the Adoration of the Eucharist is unrelated, attributed to Abraham Diepenbeck and pasted onto the sheet. The design by Rubens numbers among several designs that Rubens produced to illustrate volumes published by the Plantin Press in Antwerp. It corresponds to the title page of Augustinus Torniellus’ ‘Annales Sacri…’ that was published in 1620. The design was subsequently engraved by Theodor Galle (for an impression see 1872,1012.5423) and the copperplate is preserved in the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp.
Lit: J. Rowlands, 'Rubens: Drawings and Sketches', exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 1977, no. 219; J.R. Judson & C. Van Der Velde, ‘Corpus Rubenianum XXI: Book Illustrations and Title Pages (London, 1978), no. 46a.
Entry from J. Rowlands, 'Rubens: Drawings and Sketches', exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 1977:
This is a design in reverse for the title-page engraved by Theodor Galle to Augustinus Torniellus, 'Annales Sacri...', Officina Plantiniana, Antwerp, 1620 (see Rowlands 1977, cat. no.220). Rubens received twenty florins from Balthasar Moretus for this drawing. An unrelated drawing by Abraham Diepenbeck of the 'Adoration of the Eucharist' has been pasted over the central panel, left vacant for the title. Although lacking Rubens's usual vigour in its execution there seems to be no compelling reason for doubting the attribution of the main design to him.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.219
1977 May-Jul, Plantin-Moretus, 'Rubens', no. 13b
1996 Oct-Jan, Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Moretus & Family no.27b
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Annales Sacri
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This drawing along with fourteen others by Rubens and his assistants, originally purchased by the National Gallery from Sir Robert Peel in 1871, was deposited on loan to the Department of Prints and Drawings by the National Gallery in 1935 and formally transferred in 1994.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1972.U.1316
Miscellaneous number: NG.853.l